LUMBERTON — A 44-year-old man has been charged with the beating death of a defensive-less 85- year-old man who was found dead in his home on July 7.
According to a statement from police Lt. Vernon Johnson, William James Moore is charged with first-degree murder and common law robbery in the death of Rufus Revels, whose body was found inside his home on Bakersfield Drive. Revels lived with his wife, but was home alone when he was killed.
Police Detectives Evan Whitley and Charles Keenum, with the assistance of Robeson County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Erich Hackney, arrested Moore on Friday. Court records list Moore as having an Alamac Road address, but Hackney said he was essentially homeless and traveled by bicycle. Moore on seldom occasions stayed at Revels’ house, according to Hackney.
Police initially called Revels’ death to be “suspicious,” and an autopsy helped to conclude he had been beaten to death. Hackney said Revels died from two blows to the head.
“This was an especially heinous case in that there was no way Mr. Revels could have defended himself from the attack, especially with the type of weapon use,” Hackney said.
Moore was placed in the Robeson County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
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